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Saturday, 05 March


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": FBi Radio: Pill Testing with Will Tregoning "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Last weekend Alex Wodak, David Caldicott and Will Tregoning announced that they intended to start pill testing at festivals.

The trio have lengthy experience and expertise in drug policy – Alex Wodak helped establish the safe injecting room in Kings Cross back in 1999, before it was technically legal. David Caldicott is an emergency medicine specialist and Will Tregoning is the founder of Unharm, a drug law reform organisation.

Will joined us to talk about pill testing.


The post Pill Testing with Will Tregoning appeared first on FBi Radio.


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": FBi Radio: News in Brief – March 5 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

bish kara news in brief

Kara and Bish join us for the latest instalment of News in Brief.



The post News in Brief – March 5 appeared first on FBi Radio.


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": FBi Radio: Garry Wotherspoon joins to talk about the history of Mardi Gras "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Garry Wotherspoon

Garry Wotherspoon is one of a group of people known as the 78ers, who marched in the very first Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras back in 1978. Many of them were arrested and suffered violence at the hands of police

In the past few weeks, there have been official apologies for the conduct they faced. These came from NSW Parliament, from a representative of NSW Police force, and from the Sydney Morning Herald, who in 1978 published the full names, and occupations of those arrested. That outed many of them to friends, families and employers.



The post Garry Wotherspoon joins to talk about the history of Mardi Gras appeared first on FBi Radio.


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": FBi Radio: No Pride In Detention: Mardi Gras and Asylum Seekers "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

No Pride in Detention

A new float in the Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras is attempting to draw attention to the treatment of LGBTI refugees. Intentionally political, those marching are hoping to provoke a broader conversation about the way Australia treats refugees. Produced by Max Chalmers.



For more info on the No Pride in Detention float:


The post No Pride In Detention: Mardi Gras and Asylum Seekers appeared first on FBi Radio.


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": Take Care: NEW MAIL ORDER SITE COMING SOON! "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Yeah we do more costume changes than Lady Diana…

We’ve deleted our BigCartel mail order site as it was getting a bit expensive for our needs. But we have a brand new site under construction, and we’ll share the URL just as soon as its looking presentable.

In the meantime you can catch us at the Noted Independent Publishing Fair in Canberra in a couple of weeks!

Sunday 20 March

Gorman Arts Centre, 55 Ainslie Avenue, Braddon ACT

10AM – 3PM


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": 2RRR: Sonic Stew "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

7-8pm Sonic Stew
Girls! Or specifically, song titles featuring female names – there’s no shortage of them and tonight on Sonic Stew I’ll be playing a full hour of songs dedicated to girls


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": 2RRR: Midday Jazz "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

12 – 2pm Midday Jazz
Midday Jazz will be a surprise grab-bag of items selected
from random CD’s with a pin blindfolded. They will however be detailed beforehand on the website.


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": FBi Radio: Diary of Death :: 5 – 11 Mar 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Diary 7_20152

A life-threatening list of recommended events happening in Sydney and surrounds this week. 



– Mardi Gras Party: Dirty Pop (USA), Rado (NL), Ben Manson (FR), Tracy Young (USA), Mark Picchiotti (USA), Buck Naked, Mark Alsop, Victoria Anthony, Kitty Glitter, Maze & Masters, Colin Gaff, Seismic Vs Tanner Derrby, Yo! Mafia (AUS), Haylenise (AUS) – Hordern Pavillion – 10PM til 8AM
Hoodoo Gurus, Violent Femmes (US), Sunnyboys, Died Pretty, Ratcat – Bimbagen Winery, Hunter Valley
Saskwatch, Cub Sport – Small Ballroom, Newcastle
Divine Times: The Jesus and Mary Chain (UK), Seekae, Alvvays (CAN), U.S. Girls (US), Jonathan Boulet – The Domain – 5 til 11PM
Audiocraft: Joel Werner, Sherre DeLys, Jaye Kranz, Timothy Nicastri, Bec Fary, Jon Tjhia – 107 Projects – 10AM. – Presented by FBi – Conference
The Fumes – The Stag and Hunter Hotel, Newcastle – FREE
Flowertruck – Botany View – FREE
Shining Bird – Chippendale Hotel


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": AWPA Sydney News: 1) ULMWP Leader Calls for Open Discussion With Govt on Papua "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

2) Convicted Papua Money Launderer Labora Sitars Escapes Yet Again


1) ULMWP Leader Calls for Open Discussion With Govt on Papua


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Byron Bay Blog: Harvest Café & Three Blue Ducks Present: Ja Nghari "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

In a surprise collaboration, two of the most celebrated establishments in the Byron Shire, HARVEST CAFÉ, and THE THREE BLUE DUCKS, have come together to raise funds for BOOMERANG FESTIVAL, in a unique and exciting dining experience unlike any seen in our region before.

On Friday 18th March at Coorabell Hall, in the magnificent Byron hinterland, together, ‘The Ducks’ & Harvest teams will present JA NGHALI (Bundjalung for ‘Food Gathering’) – A celebration of food, country and culture – with a special focus on Indigenous culture.

Knowing these two restaurants, this will be a night of utmost quality and style, as well as an eye-opening and uplifting program of shared stories from our local Indigenous community.

Ja Nghari will include canapés on arrival, and a three course menu inspired by local native ingredients personally foraged by the chefs themselves (lead by Australia’s only Indigenous hatted chef and Bundjalung man, Clayton Donovan (Wild Kitchen, SBS). Guests will be treated to a unique culinary journey, and a culturally rich program featuring a multi-media introduction to the menu by head chefs Darren Robertson and Bret Cameron, and an In Conversation session with Boomerang Festival Director Rhoda Roberts, Tweed Shire Council Aboriginal, Community and Natural Resources Manager, Rob Appo, Darren Robertson & Bret Cameron, followed by a feature musical performance from East Journey (Arnhem Land).

The evening will be hosted by leading food and lifestyle journalist Magdalena Roze (Channel Ten, Delicious Magazine). 2016 Byron Shire Citizen of the Year Delta Kay will welcome guests to Country, and local performer Dhinawan will treat guests on arrival to a didgeridoo performance.

BOOMERANG FESTIVAL is a Northern NSW first: A global indigenous arts & culture festival that provides cross-cultural exchange through artistic celebration and one-on-one interactions, unlike any other event. Festival Director, Rhoda Robert...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: Fire on contentious Iluka development application site "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

This instance brings to mind certain Lower Clarence Valley fires (and other attempts at illegal land clearing over the last twenty years) which have sprung up on subdivision lands containing either koala habitat or tree/plant biodiversity considered worth p...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: Say cheese! "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Green tree frogs image by Michael Snedic, Australian wildlife and nature photographer, whose galleries can be found at


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: Quotes of the Week "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Ms Furness assisting the Royal Commission: And human beings talk among themselves about their colleagues, don't they, Cardinal?
Cardinal-Prefect George Pell: Human beings in different categories have very different approaches to these matters. We work within a framework of Christian moral teaching. {Loud burst of laughter from people in Rome interview room} Pardon?
Ms.Furness: And what does that mean –
Cardinal Pell: Wo...

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Friday, 04 March


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": James O'Brien: Art Month in Sydney "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Here are some photographs from activities around Art Month, launched last night in Sydney. It was a busy night, as Kate and I attended a book launch at Kinokuniya Sydney, an exhibition launch at UNSW (will return on Saturday for a proper look at the videos), and then stuff at the National Art School. After three hours or so, we got exhausted and had to go home. But there’s lots more happening, so check this out

Art Month in Sydney Art Month in Sydney Art Month in Sydney Art Month in Sydney ...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": nellibellingen: The war of the camphor laurels – 360documentaries – ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A million camphor laurel trees have spread throughout the Bellinger valley in northern New South Wales. It’s only taken them a hundred years. As one lover of Australia’s native bush says, ‘Big is beautiful in tree aesthetics. To a tree-lover they look magnificent, while to a lover of native forest they look like giant weeds.’ Nothing grows under a camphor laurel – or nothing much.

Source: The war of the camphor laurels – 360documentaries – ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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Central Queensland Plane Spotting: Formula Aircraft (WA) Beech B200 King Air VH-NTE Calls into Gladstone Airport Friday "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

A much quieter day at Gladstone Airport on Friday 4 March with one interesting visitor in the form of Beech B200 King Air VH-NTE which is registered to Formula Aircraft in Western Australia but appears to now be operating out of Archerfield Airport in Brisbane.

Indeed on this occasion, VH-NTE arrived from and later departed back to Archerfield.

I personally remember that back in the early 2000s VH-NTE was one of a handful King Airs that operated medical retrieval and other flights by Aero Pearl for the Northern Territory Aerial Medical Service (Northern Territory Government).

Meanwhile, another interesting aircraft that has been noted operating aerial survey flights out of Gladstone over the last week has been Australasian Jet Cessna 404 Titan VH-WGS.

The Titan is one of many survey aircraft that were previously operated by Fugro Spatial Solutions and were transferred over to operations with Australasian Jet.



Central Queensland Plane Spotting: Hinterland Aviation Beech B200 King Air VH-HLJ Passes Through Emerald Airport "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Noted arriving into Emerald Airport from the South late on Monday 29 February was Hinterland Aviation Beech B200 King Air VH-HLJ.  Early on Tuesday 1 March it departed North to Wrotham Park Airport which is North-West of Cairns.

File photo

VH-HLJ was then noted flying to Normanton and Newcastle Waters before returning to Cairns on Wednesday 2 March.

VH-HLJ was noted flying as "Hinterland 790".


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: Will the Turnbull Government finally move against Abbott's boy? "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

It has been over-long in coming and, probably wouldn’t be contemplated now by the political mates' club if this wasn’t a federal election year, but it finally looks as though another Tony Abbott appointee is about to leave the stage.

The Australian, 26 February 2016:

Fair Work Commission vice-president Michael Lawler could face unprecedented action to ­remove him from office within weeks after taking almost a year of sick leave on full pay of $435,000 a year.

Employment Minister Michaelia Cash said yesterday that she had received an independent report on February 15 into a complaint against Mr Lawler.

The report, written by barrister and former Federal Court judge Peter Heerey followed a four-month investigation.

The report deadline was ­extended by t...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": All in the Name of Liberty: Willy at the Back Door Cafe "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

In the crowd today in Woolloomooloo waiting for some fruit and veg from Oz Harvest. An old Asian guy was holding court with some friends. One of them saw me drawing him and brought him over.

"My name is Willy - W-I-L-L-Y. You can write that with a full stop. I'm 85 years old. I'm going to die." He says this with a flourish.

Not too soon I hope. He's still got some life in him. I tell him to enjoy his time. I'll give him a copy next week


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Castlemaine Field Naturalists Club: Foundation CFNC members "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

In 2016, the club’s 40th year, there’s enjoyment to be had (and a bit of self-congratulation) from looking back at its history and achievements.

I have stumbled across an interesting little article in the February 1986 issue of the club newsletter.  Within it, it identifies the 21 attendees at the club’s first ever meeting in February 1976 – which includes our three recent inductees to CFNC Life Membership (George Broadway, Ern Perkins and Rita Mills).  Furthermore, there is a list of all members from the first year of the club – including current CFNC committee contributors Geoff and Geraldine Harris.

By perusing issues of the club newsletter over its first few years, you can see that many of the other people who joined the CFNC in 1976 also made considerable on-going contributions (e.g., Parnaby, Winterbottom, Bradfield, Bransgrove).

Follow this link to see the full list – CLICK HERE.


Motorbike Writer: Suzuki offers discounts and deals "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Suzuki Hayabusa sportsbike

$1800 off the Suzuki Hayabusa

As March is the end of the Japanese fiscal year, we can expect discounts from the four Japanese motorcycle companies, starting with Suzuki’s finance 0% offers.

Their Finance’s 0%pa comparison rate finance deal is available on a big selection of motorcycles including models from Suzuki’s learner approved, V-Strom adventure touring, classically styled Boulevard ranges and RMX450Z, DR650SE and DR-Z400E trail machines.

Suzuki also says there is “a raft of alternative offers available under the Mega Sale” with the biggest discount being almost $2000 off the high-speed Hayabusa.


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": FBi Radio: Review: One Billion Beats – Campbelltown Arts Centre "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


Photo credit: Heidrun Lohr


Full of childhood memory and passion, autobiographical reflection One Billion Beats challenges Indigenous representation through the lens of Western film.

One Billion Beats is a theatre work drawing together archival footage of Australian cinema, poetry and original music with personal stories from Romaine Moreton, spanning the period of her childhood to revelations today. A Goenpul Jagara woman of Stradbroke Island and Brisbane area, and Bundjulung of northern New South Wales, Moreton is a filmmaker, a poet, a performer, a research fellow, a daughter, a sister and niece. With an engaging, heartfelt, sincere and funny voice, Moreton presents an exhilarating performance that is political, personal and profoundly real.

Leaving home at the age of six with a suitcase packed full of clothes, Moreton thanks her mother in hindsight for the gift of freedom granted to her as a child, allowing her to live with many aunties, uncles and cousins. However, this personal sense of freedom is contradicted at school, away from the protection of family, where Moreton recalls only seeing herself as others saw her – a ‘dirty black’ kid.

In 2009, Moreton begun a residency as a research fellow at the National Film & Sound Archive in Canberra. It was here that she first watched Journey Out of Darkness (1967), sparking her interest in the representation of Indigenous People in Australian cinema throughout history, and the implications of such representations. Through several collaborations over the course of six years, One Billion Beats was brought together with co-writer and -director Alana Valentine, musical composition and sound design by Yorta Yorta Dja Dja Wurrung woman Lou Benett, and video artist Se...


"IndyWatch Feed Gippsland": Gouldiae's Blog: Bucket List Bird (sort of) "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

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"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": Timber and Steel: Thank Folk It’s Friday – 4th March "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

This Week in Folk All the News From The Week That Was – Matthew and The Atlas confirmed details of their new album Temple. Details here – Singer-songwriter Irish Mythen returns to Australia this month for Bluesfest and the Melissa Etheridge tour support. Details here – UK big band Bellowhead announced plans to release a […]


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary: Mornington Secondary College- making kindness count! "IndyWatch Feed Vic"


Last Wednesday year nine students from Mornington Secondary College set off for Edgar’s Mission Farm Sanctuary in Lancefield.  What lay ahead was a fun and thought provoking adventure where students learned that sheep love wheetbix, cows are cool, pigs are smart and chickens really can count!  Critical thinking was encouraged as a presentation on social justice challenged many popular thoughts, leaving the students empowered that one person really can make a difference. 

If you would like to arrange an excursion to Edgar’s Mission by your school, work place or community group, we’d love to hear from you.  Please email for more details


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": Will Type For Food: I'm too sexy for this poem "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

I'm too sexy for this poem
I take a sexy selfie for
My sexy selfie shelf ,
But that selfie doesn't match with
My inner sexy self. 

Should I take a second selfie
With more sexy sexy sex? 
Should I sex my inner self up
With more special sex effects? 

Should I make my sexy selfie
Take my sexy sexy pants off
While challenging my inner self
To a sexy sexy dance off? 

It's hard to be so sexy
It's hard to be so glam - 
Cos I'm just so super sexy
I'm more sexy than I am. 


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": The Thousands: Sydney: Halfway Crooks DJs pre-Mardi Gras booty prep playlist "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Every year, monthly rap party Halfway Crooks throws a massive Mardi Gras party after the parade. Inspired by the New Orleans Mardi Gras parties, in the past the club has been filled with colourful beads and bounce music. This year Crooks have teamed up with dance party FLEX, taking over both rooms of Plan B Small Club with an enormous and diverse lineup including Levins, Captain Franco, Sezzo Snot, Matka, Net Daddy, Flex Mami, Sista Act, Baby Face Thrilla and dance routines from Amrita Hepi.

The DJs playing on Saturday night put together a pre-Mardi Gras booty workout playlist. Take it easy while you listen or you might tire that butt out before the parade even starts.


Rihanna, 'Work'

It's Mardi Gras. So, obviously, Rihanna is going to make an appearance. Obviously, there will be dancehall. Obviously, I'm going to play 'Work'. Other DJs, take heed. Sucked in – I got in first. All I'm saying is you should do some warmups before you get to the club.

Captain Franco

Petey Pablo, 'Freek-A-Leek'

A truly triumphant crunk jam dedicated to the girls Petey likes to get freaky with, such as Shameka, Keisha, Shonda, Sabrina, Crystal, Daronda, Felicia, Tenisha and the list goes on.

Flex Mami

Khia, 'My Neck, My Back'

Reason: Point me to a more appropriate night to spin this track and I'll prove you wrong! I refuse to believe th...


"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": Martin Bryant show by Channel 7 Sunday Night will not tell the truth about Port Arthur "IndyWatch Feed Qld"




Deception & Lies Presented to Australians



AUSTRALIANS will again be told lies about Port Arthur in Tasmania by

Channel 7 this Sunday 6th. Saying the shooting incident that took

place there in April 1996 is “Australia’s worst massacre” is absolute hype.

Many massacres in Australia have resulted in more people being killed.

The truth about the official killing at Port Arthur has been covered up

by complicit officials who have denied truth and justice to all the families,

relatives, and friends of the victims. It is the corrupt official narrative that

Channel 7 will broadcast again. Mainstream media deception continues.


_ In the supreme court on 22 APR 1994, two years before the Port Arthur

incident, Martin Bryant was placed under a guardianship order – he could

NOT manage his life. He was represented by Griffits & Jackson lawyers;

Martin Bryant is mentally handicapped. His IQ was/is(?) 66 (lowest 2%

of pop.) At best, he is an 11-year-old boy. He could NOT have premeditated,

planned, and perpetrated the incident over seven crime scenes;

_ Carleen Bryant relates the behaviour of her poor son Martin in her book

My Story. She describes how he could NOT operat...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": FBi Radio: Big White ‘Down on the Beach’ live acoustic on Mornings with Alex Pye "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


  • Big White :: Down on the Beach (Live)
  • Big White :: Interview with Alex Pye

A couple of years in the making, the debut album from Big White, Teenage Dreams, is set for release on March 18. In a pretty sweet coup for a Sydney band’s first release, they’ve got Californian label Burger Records behind it – after co-founder Lee Rickard scouted the band at Beach Road Hotel in Bondi last year.

Following the album release are tour dates in the US and Europe, and a possible Australian tour. Before the madness, the five band-members crammed into the FBi studio with their instruments to chat with Alex Pye about playing gigs at home and all the best o...


Refugee Action Collective (Vic): 12pm Sun 6 March | Solidarity from Melbourne to Calais: Welcome Refugees "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Solidarity from Melbourne to Calais: Welcome Refugees When: 12pm Sunday 6th March Where: Flinders Street Station, Melbourne   Please bring your homemade signs and banners! The Refugee Action Collective has called this event to provide some very visual solidarity with asylum seekers inside the unofficial refugee camp in Calais, “The Jungle”. Despite a recent court(...)


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": St Kilda News: Closing credits: The last days of the local video store "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

By Taig Byrne  “Sad is a word that seems to pop up over and over in these last couple of weeks. The store seems to stir up all sorts of nostalgia from peoples youth,” owner Eddy Stefani says of the last days Video Vision in Balaclava. The closing of two iconic St Kilda area video […]


"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Bellarine Bayside: Clean Up Australia Day "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

On Wednesday 2 March Bellarine Bayside staff and community members took part in a Clean Up Australia Day event held across all three towns. Clean Up Australia inspires and empowers communities to clean up, fix up and conserve our environment with more than 7000 sites registered in 2016. To be part of this year’s activities Bellarine Bayside staff officially registered to conduct our own event and invited the community to join in the fun. Focussing on several key litter hotspots, staff and community members collected several bags of rubbish along our beautiful foreshore over a two hour period. Bellarine Bayside is proud to be a part of the hundreds of thousands Australians who every year volunteer to Clean Up their local environment.



If you would like to take part in this year’s Clean Up Australia Day on Sunday 6 March, visit and search for registered local groups. In Portarlington, the Woofers and Walkers will be meeting at the Esplanade end of Fairfax St at 9am and everyone is welcome to join in.


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": St Kilda News: Daughter Short Film Premiere screening at St Kilda Town Hall "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

St Kilda Town Hall is the perfect venue for the premiere screening of Daughter, a short film and awareness project produced and shot in the City of Port Phillip in early September 2015, with the intention of capturing the true heart and soul of St Kilda while touching on important issues such as gender violence […]


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": St Kilda News: Social media and activism "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Cr Serge Thomann, Deputy Mayor – City of Port Phillip   I just had a long conversation with one of the people trying to get more answers regarding the sky trains. It was with a lovely lady who did not know me but had done a bit of research on how to run campaigns and […]


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Natural Newstead: Ducks in March "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

I’ve often been reminded by my family that March was the season for ducks … an unkind (but true) reference to my cricket career and finals performance!

It’s been interesting over recent days to see a number of duck species using the small bush dams sprinkled in and around the Muckleford bush. A recent deluge has at least partially filled the dams and the ducks have arrived. While Grey Teal, Black Duck and Wood Duck are often around, it’s unusual to come across Chestnut Teal – a glorious sight. Let’s hope they have better fortune over coming weeks than I did at the crease!


Pacific Black Duck, Mia Mia Road, 2nd March 2016


Chestnut Teal, Bell’s Lane Track, 1st March 2016





"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": St Kilda News: Turnbull’s train selfies won’t fix Melbourne’s trains "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The Hon Michael Danby MP, Federal Member for Melbourne Ports In Melbourne we have seen pictures of our Sydney Prime Minister crouching down outside the Melbourne Club prior to taking selfies of himself on trains and trams. But these selfies aside, we want someone to actually fund public transport, not just take pictures of themselves. […]


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": St Kilda News: Compassion for people seeking asylum – not cruelty "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

By Steph Hodgins-May, Federal Greens candidate for Melbourne Ports Since the Fraser government launched Australia’s first formal refugee policy, we have seen a dramatic shift in the way our governments treat people seeking protection. The Labor and Liberal party continue to compete over who can enact a more degrading and inhumane barrier to people fleeing war and […]


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": St Kilda News: Now that’s a close shave! "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

By Marika Fengler A group of residents and staff from our aged care hostels ‘The Sacred Shavers’ have signed up to go under the razor or dye their hair for the World’s Greatest Shave. They are enjoying their last days with their current hair, before beards or heads are shaven or dyed in the most […]


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": St Kilda News: Top 10 Cocktail Bars "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

On the Cocktail Trail While St Kilda weekends are all about sand and surf, good brekkies and better gelati during the daylight hours, it’s when the sun goes down that the streets light up. Locals have a countless number of favourite bars to frequent on a Saturday or Sunday night for a cocktail or two, […]


"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": tyto tony: A bird's gotta do what a bird's gotta do "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

A nest-building Crimson Finch (Neochmia phaeton) tries to pick up every white feather it sees. Because the small soft ones are the ultimate in nesting comfort. And she who must be obeyed is fussy about what she'll accept for her coming clutch.
But it seems the birds lack much sense of timing or scale and can't discriminate between perfect bedding and impossibly large challenges. Eventually they find that some feathers just won't fly.

What's in a colour? Young Mistletoebird (Dicaeum hirundinaceum) comes with bright orange bill and gape. Parents carry plain old dull dark grey. Presumably because no one is going to try to poke food into them while inside a dark cute nest shaped like baby's bootee. Possibly also the colour helps parents locate their you...


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": St Kilda News: Song Contest – The Almost Eurovision Experience "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Song Contest – the Almost Eurovision Experience is a glitzy comedic musical tribute to all things we love, hate and love more about Eurovision. Waaay over the top, interactive, sparkly, a cross between a musical comedy, a concert and a live sporting event – it will be LOUD, fast-paced and ends in a nail-biting finish. […]


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": CounterAct: a beautiful mind "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

One of the things we all often try to do early in the year is get some better habits to de-clutter our minds and our workplaces, as well as our lives.

Something we often don’t give facebook credit for is the brilliant ability to informally crowd source information. Whilst Zuckerberg might be able to profit from the data harvesting he does on us all, he also gives us the ability to harvest our own friend’s brains… (that sounds creepier than intended), and when you have an activist friends network that spans continents, and are connected to some of the busiest and smartest progressive people in the country it becomes a remarkably useful tool.

So, after doing a call out for hot tips and reviewing my productivity and sanity levels going into 2016 this is the advice I got, which was so good, I promised I would share… as it has been a busy start to the years it has taken me over a month to write this article, but better late than never… here is an assorted list of personal insights, crowd sourced wisdom and useful tips for productivity and making life easier…

To manage travel

Lots of love for Skyscanner and kayak, both for comparison of flights, and Kayak also for collating information on bookings.

Jetstar flight match is great money saver for those on budgets. Check it out here and use it to get some jetstar flights lower than tiger rates (but beware you want to be certain of your booking as change fees can be a killer)

Personal and contractor admin

Freshbooks and Xero got the love for tracking hours and invoicing. Eternity for time tracking (special shout to the mate who is so organised he actually tracks his social time to make sure his work/life balance is A-OK), as well as Expensify.



Dr Kevin Bonham: EMRS: Libs Could Have Copped A Whacking, But ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

EMRS Liberal 46 Labor 27 Green 18 Independent 8 Others 1
Interpretation (provisional) Liberal 47 Labor 31 Green 15 Others 7
Result of poll if election "held now": Probable Liberal majority government (13-9-3)
Aggregate of all state polling: Liberal majority government (13-8-4)

The new EMRS poll of Tasmanian voting intentions is out (PDF link) and the results are surprisingly harmless for the Hodgman Liberal government.  Given that the gloss has come off the federal Turnbull bounce which probably helped the Liberals to such a good result last time, there were many reasons to suspect this poll could be a shocker.

In the last few months the state has been beseiged by bushfires, drought, floods, traffic congestion in Hobart, energy issues and talk of a crisis as a result of a still-unfixed fault in the Basslink power cable, and even an outbreak of mass oyster death.  While most of these are just "natural disasters" that shouldn't hurt governments (and might even help them if their response was good), responses to both the energy and traffic issues have raised the question of preparedness.  While the preparedness question applies to previous governments at least as much as this one, and goes to the question of whether government generally is all that good these days, one might expect the current government to cop some blowback from it all.  Perhaps in the energy case we'll need to wait and see whether it actually affects consumers first.

This isn't all; the government has also lost Resources Minister Paul Harriss for "family reasons" (the reason that always excites conspiracy theories immediately, especially in the case of someone who appeared to enjoy socking it to the...


"IndyWatch Feed Geelong": Great Ocean Road Coast Blog: Hoodie achieves the near-impossible dream "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

A Hooded Plover chick has taken flight and is believed to be the first chick to fledge (reach flying age) at Point Impossible Nudist Beach in at least a decade.

Hooded Plovers have one of the lowest survival rates of any species in the world at just 2.5% and are listed as vulnerable under the Environment Protection Biodiversity and Conservation Act 1999.


The first Hooded Plover chick to fledge at the popular Point Impossible breeding site in a decade. Photo: Andrea Dennett

Since 2010, a total of just 12 of the vulnerable Hooded Plover chicks have survived to reach fledging age along the Surf Coast.

Friends of the Hooded Plovers Surf Coast (FoHPSC ) site coordinator Jan Lierich said she was thrilled to witness the rare sight and breathed a sigh of relief when the tiny chick finally took flight after 35 days.

“We are incredibly lucky the chick started flying when it did, otherwise it would have been washed away with the high tides and big swells.

“Hooded Plovers are very vulnerable and thanks to the support from beachgoers and volunteers we have finally had a chick fledge at the popular breeding area,” she said.

“It really is quite an achievement!”



"IndyWatch Feed Gippsland": South Gippsland Sentinel-Times: Minister denies ‘cabling problems’ will stop desal plant "IndyWatch Feed Vic"


desal-plantA STORY which appeared in the Sentinel-Times last week, highlighting concerns about possible delays to a start-up for the Wonthaggi desalination plant, was featured on John Faine’s 774ABC program today.

Forwarded to the ‘Sentinel’ by National’s Leader Peter Walsh, the Shadow Minister for Water, the article was based on a report to 3AW’s Neil Mitchell last week.

It was stated that a major cabling problem at the desalination plant means it may not be able to produce water for 12 to 18 months even if needed.

But the Water Minister, Lisa Neville has since denied those claims.

She has however confirmed that “maintenance” work along these lines is being carried out at the moment, but could be discontinued if the $6 billion plant needed to be brought on line.

Melbourne’s water storage levels are presently at 64 per cent of capacity but with a hot week of weather ahead, could drop considerably lower.

The desal plant costs Victorian households $1.8 million per day to keep it on stand-by, which will come to a total cost of around $18 billion over 27 years.

It costs a lot more if it goes into production.

The Herald-Sun reported earlier this week that the Premier Daniel Andrews said the Government would order water if it received independent advice that this was needed.

The Government would be able to place an order for next financial year of between 50 and 150GL, up until April 1.

A minimum order w...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": Timber and Steel: The Go Set Announce In The Streets Australian Tour "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Image Courtesy of The Go Set Australia’s legendary folk punks The Go Set have just announced plans for an East Coast (plus Adelaide) tour this April. The tour will see the six-piece performing tracks from their 2015 album Rolling Sound and as an added bonus they’ve also just released the video for the album’s title […]


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": St Kilda News: EAT PLAY LOVE: ST KILDA’S 7 BEST KEPT FOOD FUN AND FITNESS SECRETS "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

ST KILDA’S 7 BEST KEPT FOOD FUN AND FITNESS SECRETS LONA PINTXOS BAR: ALL HOUSE DRINKS ALL $2.50 ALL NIGHT. EVERY MONDAY Did you know – and not alotta people know this – that you can party every Monday right on the sea view end of Acland Street like the prices are 1989? At the […]


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": The Westsider: ON WRITING A NOVEL "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

What's it like trying to write your own novel? Let's ask Chris Sutton

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"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": St Kilda News: REPUBLICA St Kilda "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

COFFEE – REPUBLICA St Kilda 1. Rate for Kick! Milky soft to Kapow Strong. 3 outa 5 for strength. A decent enough brew. It’s not Michael Buble but it’s not Lemmy Kilmister either. It’s The Traveling Wilburys. 2. Rate for Flavour Bland and Watery to Kardashian rich and full bodied. 2.5 outa 5 for flavor. The coffee was Griffith Bro’s, the blend […]


Motorbike Writer: Maserati V8 powers leaning quad bike "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Maserati Quattroporte engine powers this Lazareth LM 847 quad conceptHow would you like a four-wheeled leaning motorcycle powered by a 350 kilowatt, 4.7-litre V8 engine from a Maserati?

If that’s your order, then French motorcycle and car customiser Lazareth can do it. In fact, they’ve done it. It’s called the Lazareth LM 847 and it’s been shown at the Geneva Motor Show.



"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": Australia to become a Green Utopia "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

by Viv Forbes, Science Writer

Making things does matter

Recent headlines exulted: “Real estate makes bigger profits than mining”.

This is an omen, not a signal to celebrate.

In peacetime, societies may survive without making “things” providing they have valued skills, assets to sell or barter, or savings in sound currencies. But during military or financial crises, “things” may not be available unless they are made locally. Then we must rely on the primary producers of new wealth – miners, farmers, foresters, fishermen, engineers, builders, tradesmen and skilled workers.

Back in war-torn 1943, Australia had ration cards for petrol, food and clothing, and insufficient copper to make cartridges for our own defence.

Now, because of the war on carbon, Australia will soon have no oil refineries to produce fuel and lubricants for our tractors, ships, tanks and cars. Mines and base-load power plants are closing. There are fewer smelters and refineries producing steel, copper, aluminium, lead or zinc, and no factories making engines, rifles, ships, planes, cars, trucks or dozers. Our children are more skilled in soft options and electronic gadgetry than in maths, science and engineering; too many despise trades, soldiering, farming and manual work.

This industrial decay will become obvious one still, dark, winter evening when wind turbines stand idle, solar panels have logged off, batteries are flat, and overloaded standby generators fail. There will be no power for trains, lifts, heaters, stoves, fridges, traffic lights, retail checkouts or electronic money. With every addition of intermittent electricity (wind/solar), and every closure of reliable base-load power (coal), this blackout danger increases.

Real estate speculation, bureaucracy, parliamentary debates, games, entertainment, and arts are froth on the river of basic industry where things are made.



The Bulli Times: Work on Austi pools "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


WORK on Austinmer Rock Pools will resume next week, with preparation underway for the installation of purpose-built panels in the sea-side wall of the southern pool.
The southern pool will be closed for the preparatory works which are expected to take place between Monday 7 and Friday 12 March, provided there are low tides, seas and swell conditions.
Works planned for next week include cleaning preparations for the eastern wall and the start of minor capping repair works to the southern walls.
Low-low tides are forecast between Tuesday 5 and Monday 11 April and at this time Council’s contactor – provided there are also low tides and swells – will install the panels to the eastern wall of the southern pool.
The southern pool will be reopened between the scheduled works provided there is no risk to public safety. Council will only close the northern pool if it’s unsafe for swimmers, such as when the rear wall panels are craned into place.
Wollongong City Council’s Director Infrastructure and Works Mike Hyde said the trial of using the pre-cast panels in the northern pool was a success.
“It’s exciting to be able to follow the same process in the southern pool,’,” he said
“This has been a very challenging project due to the unpredictability of the tides, seas and swells. I thank the community for their patience while we complete this important work that’ll help preserve these historic ocean pools for all swimmers.’’
Council opened both the northern and southern rock pools between December and March to give the community the chance to enjoy both pools during the warmer weather.
For more information you can contact Counci...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": FBi Radio: METZ share favourite tunes & stories from Laneway on Mornings with Greta Balog "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"


  • Metz :: Interview on Mornings with Greta Balog
“Are you guys deaf yet?”

Canadian three-piece noise rock band METZ sat down for a chat with Greta Balog on Mornings. Out here for St Jerome’s Laneway festival, the self-admitted ‘nomad alcoholics’ apparently had a ball – both backstage and in the crowd, listening to Aussie and international artists.

Asked to choose some tunes to share during the interview, the band picked ‘Wouldn’t You Know’ by Sydney’s Royal Headache and ‘Snakehead’ by Toronto’s Dilly Dally.

The band raved about their favourite acts this year, hit us with some stories from the road, and frankly discussed the best methods for your early morning shower acoustics. Although they haven’t followed up their second album, II, with the 150+ show tour like their debut, METZ have lost none of their energy or enthusiasm.

“It’s a source of pride… we just kept saying yes to these opportunities. Recording is half the band and playing live is the other half.”

METZ aren’t afraid to try something different, from writing music for the soundtrack of Grand Theft Auto V through to considering future collaborations with a bathroom sink.

Listen above to hear the whole interview.




"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": Timber and Steel: Watch the New Video from The Weather Station, “Floodplain” "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Image Courtesy of The Weather Station Canadian singer-songwriter Tamara Lindeman, AKA The Weather Station, has followed up her recent visit to Australia with the brand new video for the track “Floodplain”. The video was show while The Weather Station was in Australia and is taken from her album Loyalty. Watch “Floodplain” below:Filed under: News, Video […]


Tasmanian Times: Gaming the system "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

… By contrast, the Liberal Party informed the Commission it opposed any disclosure of political gifts. Robin Gray, when referred by the Commission to a $100,000 secret gift to his party in 1989 “by a company registered in another state with business interests in this state”, professed ignorance of the donor’s identity but agreed that without this secrecy his party would have little public financial support. But the official reasons remain a matter of conjecture because the Liberal submission was never made public …


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Friends of the Box-Ironbark Forests: Culture "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Here’s what land managers are dealing with: granite rocks put on the track near Lang’s Lookout on Mount Alexander have been graffitied with aggressive messages, ‘faggot council’ being one.

Granite blocks across the track near Lang's Lookout. They increase the walking distance to the lookout by about 100 metres, but that's enough to cause anger, in a culture that privileges car access.

Granite blocks across the track near Lang’s Lookout. They increase the walking distance to the lookout by about 100 metres, but that’s enough to cause anger, in a culture that privileges car access.



The rocks were put on the track in Spring last year [not by Council], and are designed to keep vehicles off a flat patch of ground to the north of the TV tower. The road block means you need to walk about 100 metres more on pleasant, level ground to get to the lookout rocks.

You could read a fair bit of meaning into those pink words: but the main one seems to be that absolute car access to everything is vital, and removing it is a violation of a fundamental right. That’s part of our culture.


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Friends of the Box-Ironbark Forests: DELWP burning season approaches "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

The Department of the Environment is gearing up to conduct planned burns in the Castlemaine area in the Autumn season. The map below shows the burns planned for this and next year close to Castlemaine town. A clearer version, which can be expanded to show burns in the Maldon, Muckleford, Taradale, Newstead, Fryers forest and Tarilta areas, can be found here.

DELWP map showing proposed burn areas close to Castlemaine. The major burn planned for this season is the eastern side of Kalimna Park.

DELWP map showing proposed burn areas close to Castlemaine. The major burn planned for this season is the eastern side of Kalimna Park.


The major burn planned for this season is the eastern side of the Kalimna Park tourist road. Conservation representatives plan to meet with DELWP fire officers soon to discuss the implications of this operation. The zone shown to the north of Chewton is planned for the 2016-7 season.

FOBIF is also interested in a small proposed burn in the Chewton bushlands [you can see it at the right hand side of the map]. Our initial concerns are, first: how burning in such steep terrain will affect soil stability; and second,  to know how the burning of this block is integrated with fuel management on the surrounding private land. As we’ve reported before, DELWP fuel management is supposed to be ...


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Friends of the Box-Ironbark Forests: Highway matters "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Vicroads engineers held a briefing session at Newstead on Thursday March 3 to consult with local people about plans for works along the Pyrenees Highway between Castlemaine and Newstead. The session was heavily attended by residents with interest in a range of matters, from a pedestrian crossing for schoolchildren to a wider shoulder for cyclists [there’s not enough money for this one], and concerns about tree removal.

FOBIF’s interest centres on the last of these: the plans involve the removal of 10 large  [larger than 70 cm in diametre at breast height], 7 medium [between 52 and 70cm dbh, and 126 small [less than 52 cm dbh] trees. The removals are to reduce the risk of ‘run off road’ accidents involving tree collisions. There have been five of these since 2009, one of them fatal.

Engineers have gone to some trouble to avoid vegetation clearance with these works, a welcome change from a few years ago, when they seemed to want to scorch the earth for three metres on both sides of the road. This time they’ve been more judicious about placement of safety barriers. And removal of a mere 10 large trees doesn’t seem much: but FOBIF is always concerned about such incremental inroads into what is a rare resource in this region: a big tree. We’ll report on this in more detail when we’ve done a detailed examination of the proposed removals. Safety is, of course, a central consideration: it would be good to achieve it without unnecessary environmental damage.

The project is still at the stage of community consultation, and will then have to go through an environmental impact assessment before implementation. A spirit of co operation seemed to be the order of the night on Thursday: but memories of such disasters as the Western Highway tree massacre justify close attention to projects like this.


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": Refugee Action Coalition: Video from women on Nauru forum "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

There is growing outrage at the plans to send 267 asylum seekers back to Nauru and Manus Island. On Monday 29 February RAC hosted a forum to hear first hand accounts of the situation on Nauru, particularly for refugee women. In the last year 20 refugee women on Nauru been raped or sexually assaulted, according to Lateline. And these are just the reported cases. Refugees have also been bashed and robbed on the island.

Thea, a former Save the Children worker on Nauru, gave an eyewitness account while refugee advocate Pamela Curr, who is in direct contact with asylum seekers and refugees on Nauru, shared her stories about housing and conditions for women that have led to the epidemic of rapes and sexual assault. Kyja Noack-Lundberg, a member of Refugee Action Coalition and gender studies academic chaired and introduced the discussion.

Videos of the speeches are available here at the Green Left Weekly website filmed by Zebedee Parkes.

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"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Tweed invites all to celebrate the great outdoors "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The Free Day in the Park on Sunday features storytelling.

The Free Day in the Park on Sunday features storytelling.

To celebrate the great outdoors and natural beauty abounding in the Tweed Valley as part of Park Week 2016, a free skateboard workshop for beginners, plus yoga and story-telling, are among a number of activities offered at Murwillumbah’s Knox Park on Sunday.

The inaugural Free Day in the Park will be held at the Nullum Street park from 10am to 12.30pm and also includes arts and crafts, drumming and a free barbecue for participants.

Tweed mayor Katie Milne has invited ‘everyone’ to the community event ‘to celebrate our great outdoors’.

‘We hope to see the park packed out with people having fun, trying out all the different activities, enjoying the park’s fantastic new facilities, and catching up with friends and locals’, Cr Milne said.

Council’s director of community and natural resources, Tracey Stinson, said there would be activities for people of all ages, to ‘celebrate the Tweed’s wonderful outdoor spaces’.

‘Tweed residents are particularly passionate about ou...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Police crack down on heavy-vehicles in Richmond Valley "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Police conducted a joint operation targeting heavy vehicle compliance in the Richmond Valley area this week.

The operation, conducted at the Pacific Highway and Bruxner Highway interchange at West Ballina, saw nearly 50 vehicles inspected from 5pm on Wednesday.

A total of 18 defects were issued by RMS Inspectors, eight of which pertained to major defects regarding faulty brakes.

Two of the vehicle issued major defects were also grounded.

In addition, two drivers were directed to cease work for a 24-hour period for failing to keep proper driving records.

Police issued 18 infringements notices in relation to the operation.

They also conducted 48 random breath tests as well as numerous vehicle searches.

One driver, a 32-year-old Grafton man, was charged with driving under the influence and possessing a prohibited drug.

His vehicle was also grounded regarding faulty brakes and he was directed to cease work for not maintaining an accurate driving log.

Local police were helped in the operation by Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, as well as inspectors from Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) and Ballina Shire Council.

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"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": Timber and Steel: Listen to the New Andrew Bird Single “Left Handed Kisses” feat. Fiona Apple "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Image Courtesy of Andrew Bird I love it when two artists you wouldn’t normally associate with each other come together. Case in point – the new Andrew Bird single “Left Handed Kisses” which features guest vocals from the indomitable Fiona Apple. “Left Handed Kisses” is taken from Bird’s upcoming album Are You Serious, due on […]


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Iron Gates opponents accuse NSW Planning Department of bias "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The site of the proposed Iron Gates development. (supplied)

The site of the proposed Iron Gates development. (supplied)

Opponents of the proposed Iron Gates development at Evans Head have accused the NSW Department of Planning of bias.

In an objection letter to the Iron Gates masterplan, Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome Committee president Dr Richard Gates said the government had no choice but to reject the master plan.

The draft master plan for the subdivision would allow for 176 residential lots and four public reserves with fire trails.

DoPE says the land to be developed for residential purposes is ‘already zoned as general residential land by the Richmond Valley LEP’ and that ‘no additional residential land is proposed on the site’.

A DoPE spokesperson said the department recognised ‘the environmental and cultural value of the Evans Head site, including its location on the Evans River, its native vegetation, wetlands and rainforest, as well as the places of Aboriginal cultural significance present on the land.’

Dr Gates said the Department, in a media release issued on 24 February, had stated that it would be ‘taking into consideration he NSW Government’s proposed coastal reforms, which aim to make the management of NSW coastal areas simpler and more strategic’.

‘The Department is clearly stating that it is going to assess the Iron Gates case on other than its ‘le...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Tweed locals fear more noise if airport curfew lifted "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Tweed residents under or near the Gold Coast Airport flight path fear a review of existing curfews will  lead to more night flights and are calling on the government to rule them out.

Fresh on the heels of federal approval for the airport’s controversial runway expansion into the Cobaki wetlands across the border in NSW, the news of the review has taken many by surprise.

Greens candidate for the federal seat of Richmond, Dawn Walker, says community groups are concerned that lifting the curfew will bring more noise from increased night use of the airport.

Ms Walker said locals were suspicious about the intentions of the curfew review, given the proposed destruction of the ecologically-sensitive NSW wetland to make way for the runway expansion and a new landing system.

‘Since approving the controversial Project Lift and ILS expansion into NSW Crown land, the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development has now announced it is conducting an internal review of airport curfew administration arrangements at the Gold Coast Airport,’ she said.

‘The review will “examine opportunities for increasing industry productivity through refinements to current regulatory controls and administrative arrangements”, and is expected to be completed by June.

‘I’m concerned to see that on top of the unwanted runway expansion into sensitive wetlands, the Gold Coast Airport curfew arrangements are now under review.

‘This curfew review was not mentioned at last week’s Aircraft Noise Abatement Consultative Committee. (see

‘You have to question the Gold Coast Airport’s commitment to consulting the community when this curfew review was not mentioned at last week’s Aircraft Noise Abatement Consultative Committee which is attended by community representatives from the Tweed and Gold Coast.

‘When the previous federal government approved the Gold Coast Airport’s current master plan, the a...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney.arts": Me fail? I fly!: Jeremy Massey’s Last Four Days of Paddy Buckley "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Jeremy Massey, The Last Four Days of Paddy Buckley (Riverhead Books 2015)


Seven years his junior, Donal had been Vincent’s partner in crime since they were teenagers.

Now someone had plowed Donal in the dead of night and robbed him in the bargain.
… forty girls from as many different countries who were quite literally real-life fantasies for the top-end clientele.

Those are all quotes from page 78 of The Last Four Days of Paddy Buckley. If, as E M Forster said, a novel is a prose narrative of some length with something wrong with it, then it’s completely fine that the maths doesn’t work: boys who are seven years apart can’t be teenagers at the same time. It’s fine that literally is quite meaningless in that context. And it would be weirdly churlish to object to US spelling in a novel set in Dublin that is, after all, published in New York. But the fact that I noticed these things is a sign that something wasn’t working.

Sex and death, out of body experiences, an evil crime boss and a sadistic ambitious underling, a scary hybrid canine: plenty of elements that should be interesting and just aren’t. However, I did read on, and and was rewarded 12 pages later by a shockingly objective account of embalming a body, which was enough to propel me through Paddy’s remaining two and a half days.

The back cover of the paperback tells us that Jeremy Massy is ‘a third-generation undertaker who worked with his father for many years at the family firm in Dublin’. He is now, the cover blurb continues, ‘a screenwriter by training’. Paddy Buckley o...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Magistrate questions 12-hour drug driving advice "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A Lismore magistrate has again questioned the state government's drug driving laws.

A Lismore magistrate has again questioned the state government’s drug driving laws.

Lismore magistrate David Heilpern has questioned the NSW Government’s claim that cannabis can only be detected in a person’s saliva up to 12 hours.

With local court lists featuring an average of 50 people on a list day, Mr Heilpern said he had heard from hundreds of drivers over the past few months who claimed to have waited days, if not weeks, before driving after using cannabis.

The NSW Government Centre for Road Safety website advises motorists that a saliva test would ‘typically’ detect THC for up to 12 hours after use.

According to the ABC, Mr Heilpern on Monday noted that the word ‘typically’ had been added after his recent decision to acquit of a man of a drug driving charge because he claimed to have not smoked for nine days before testing positive.

Joseph Ross Carrall was found not guilty of driving with an illicit drug in his blood because he mistakenly believed he would no longer test positive for the drug.

On Monday, Mr Heilpern said when the Road Transport Legislation Bill was introduced in 2006, “Parliament did not intend to stop people from driving or take away their licences three days or six days after they had consumed cannabis”.

‘It is clear … ministers had in mind that it would be drugs that were ‘active’ and ‘affect the skills’ that were the mischief,’ he said.

He made the comments while placing two men on two...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Byron council singles out Palestine friends "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Referring to my previous correspondence on this issue it does appear that Byron Shire Council rangers discriminate against Byron Friends of Palestine (BFOP) because our unattached trailer carrying pro-Palestine messages was very quickly pounced upon with threats that unless it was immediately moved it would be impounded.

The Boot Camp trailer on the other hand has remained unmolested and, as usual, is currently parked on Tennyson Street.

I am therefore going to park our Palestinian support trailer in the near vicinity of Boot Camp’s and I do not expect to be harassed by rangers.  It is intolerable that Council responds with alacrity to any Zionist complaint about our stalls or trailer but then turns a blind eye to the many other infringements of the rules, for example, real estate agency signs on footpaths and nature strip ‘garage sales’.

The brutal occupation of Palestine and the dramatic expansion of Israeli settlements on stolen Palestinian land is an outrage.

Councillors may be excused for being ignorant of the details of Israel’s colonisation of Palestine because our media and government are complicit in Israel’s crimes.

For example, war criminal General Benny Gantz, the mastermind of Operation Protective Edge which killed 2,310, injured 10,626 and made 100,000 homeless, is currently in Australia having met with no entry problems.

BFOP will continue to speak out against Israel’s infamy and we expect our Rainbow Region/Byron to continue its long tradition of resisting environmental and human rights tyranny and to be 100 per cent supportive of the long suffering Palestinians.

Gareth Smith, Byron Friends of Palestine


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"IndyWatch Feed Gippsland": Gippsland FM: Boolarra Folk Festival Live Broadcast "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Be sure to tune into our LIVE broadcast from the Boolarra Folk Festival starting at 12pm on 104.7 Gippsland FM. Or come chat with us on air from the festival.

Continue reading

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"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Aust ignoring border dispute: Timor MPs "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Trainee doctors at the Comoro Health Centre welcome Australian governor-general Sir Peter Cosgrove in Dili on Wednesday. AAP Image/Neda Vanovac

Trainee doctors at the Comoro Health Centre welcome Australian governor-general Sir Peter Cosgrove in Dili on Wednesday. AAP Image/Neda Vanovac

Neda Vanovac, AAP

Australia took advantage of East Timor’s weakness and is now dodging its international obligations over the disputed marine border, a Timorese MP says.

During a special session of parliament in Dili on Thursday, the heads of all four major political parties entreated Australian governor-general Sir Peter Cosgrove to ask the Australian government to come to the negotiating table over the disputed marine border between the countries.

Since 2002 there has been uncertainty over the exact parameters of the border because Australia is ignoring the issue, said Natalino dos Santos Nascimento, of the CNRT party.

‘The Australian government did everything to prevent an agreement for the sea and made sure we had no other choice than to accept their proposal,’ he said via an interpreter.

‘That was a very difficult choice for us because we were a very weak country;...


Motorbike Writer: Uber bike news in Asia with elephant, sabotage and street racing! "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The crazy world of motorcycling is even crazier in Asia, like this crazy video of a crazed elephant in India that doesn’t seem to like motorcycles or rickshaws.

Here are some other snippets on Asian motorcycling:

Malay races

Tired of young riders holding illegal races in Malaysian streets, the government has decided that if you can’t fight them, join them.

They are closing down some inner-city streets of Kuala Lumpur for one or two nights to hold legalised races.

Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, or Dat for short, says the government realises it is cheap entertainment for youths.

“They have no other way to entertain themselves because of the high costs,” he said.

“We don’t want illegal racing but we want them to race in a specific place. If they want to race, it’s okay but we give them a place where we can control with safety barriers and all.”


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Indonesia’s tsunami warning buoys inoperable "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

A man pushes a relative on a bed after they were told to leave the hospital following an earthquake in Padang, West Sumatra, on Wednesday. AP Photo/Rivo Andries

A man pushes a relative on a bed after they were told to leave the hospital following an earthquake in Padang, West Sumatra, on Wednesday. AP Photo/Rivo Andries

Jakarta [RAW]

All 22 of the early-warning buoys Indonesia deployed after the 2004 tsunami disaster were inoperable when a massive undersea earthquake struck off the coast on Wednesday, a National Disaster Mitigation Agency official says.

The 7.8-magnitude quake did not trigger a tsunami, and there were no deaths and no major damage, but it did expose gaps in the systems put in place to prevent a disaster similar to the Indian Ocean quake that killed more than 200,000 people 11 years ago.

In addition to the malfunctioning of buoys designed to warn of massive waves, authorities said there were not enough evacuation routes or shelters in Padang, a Sumatra island port city of around one million people that felt the quake.

‘There was definitely panic last night, that cannot be denied,’ said Zulfiatno, the head of the disaster management agency in Padang who...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: New drug routes opening in Southeast Asia "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Indonesian police after a large drug bust in November 2015. A wide array of contraband is on display, reportedly including 12kg of methamphetamine and 37,000 ecstasy pills. AAP Image/NewZulu/Ahmad Ridwan Nasution

Indonesian police after a large drug bust in November 2015. A wide array of contraband is on display, reportedly including 12kg of methamphetamine and 37,000 ecstasy pills. AAP Image/NewZulu/Ahmad Ridwan Nasution

Jakarta [AAP]

The growing amount of methamphetamine being trafficked into Southeast Asia suggests crime syndicates have set up new routes within the region and are linking previously unconnected markets, the UN has warned.

Collie Brown, Country Manager at the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said on Thursday that it is believed these crime syndicates are using these new routes to move not only drugs, but also migrants and weapons.

‘People are not just dealing in one thing. We haven’t seen clear connections between drug smuggling and migrant smuggling yet but we have seen some areas where the routes look almost the same.’

He said it was imperative that law enforcement agencies within the region work together to share information so they can better police these r...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Pell ‘wasn’t asked to act’ on abuse claims "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

Anthony Foster, member of the Australian group of relatives and victims of priestly sex abuses, shows reporters the photo of his two daughters, who were both abused by the same priest and one of them later committed suicide, outside of the Quirinale hotel after their meeting with Australian cardinal George Pell. AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca

Anthony Foster, member of the Australian group of relatives and victims of priestly sex abuses, shows reporters the photo of his two daughters, who were both abused by the same priest and one of them later committed suicide, outside of the Quirinale hotel after their meeting with Australian cardinal George Pell. AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca

Peter Trute, AAP

Cardinal George Pell was told over four decades ago that a pedophile Christian Brother was ‘misbehaving with boys’.

Asked in the child abuse royal commission on Thursday what he did with this very serious matter, Cardinal Pell replied: ‘I didn’t do anything about it.’

‘The boy wasn’t asking me to do anything about it, but just lamenting and mentioning it,’ Cardinal Pell told Commissioner Peter McClellan.

With the experience of the intervening 40 years since that 1973 conversation, Cardinal Pell ac...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: New pollution fears for Sydney Harbour "IndyWatch Feed Nsw"

The iconic Sydney Harbour. Photo David Lam

The iconic Sydney Harbour. Photo David Lam

Miranda Foster, AAP

Sydney Harbour is in line for a ‘pollution injection’ under a plan to funnel more sewage overflow into its waters during heavy storms, residents are being warned.

Plans are under way for more than a dozen new overflow pipes designed to release stormwater mixed with untreated waste water directly into Sydney Harbour and other NSW waterways during extreme rainfall.

The pipes are designed to stop wastewater flowing back into people’s homes at times when the city’s sewage pipes flood, on average twice per year.

Sydney Water says there are already 3,000 in the network, and the overflow released is more than 99 per cent water.

However, environmentalists and the NSW opposition have slammed the plan as a dirty, cheap and old-fashioned fix, and called for greener alternatives.

Conservationist Jeff Angel from the Total Environment Centre said overflow water contained a hazardous mix of chemicals, microplastics and street runoff that created a ‘toxic plume’ in Sydney’s wa...



For Marwin Shaw flaveness is the best word to describe the combination of flavour and wellness which he sees as essential in producing good food.



Motorbike Writer: First images of Indian Springfield hard bagger "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Indian Springfield hard bagger

At $33,995 it will go head-to-head with the Harley-Davidson Road King (now a hard bagger) at $32,495 when it arrives in March. (Both are ride-way prices.)

Indian Springfield hard bagger

Both hard-bagger tourers feature cruise control, ABS, dual auxiliary lights, front and rear highway bars, quick-release windshields and panniers to convert to a big-twin cruiser.

However, the Indian Springfield adds internal handlebar wiring, remote-locking panniers, adjustable floorboards, real leather seat, and tyre pressure monitors as standard features.



Tasmanian Times: It’s not called ‘writing’ anymore, it’s ‘sentencing’ "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

If ever there was a good example of how it is not teachers who are to blame for what is taught (or not taught), here it is.  This came to a mate the other day from a friend who is a very experienced early childhood teacher.


Tasmanian Times: A letter to the PM ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Dear Prime Minister, RE: The establishment of a new Northern Tasmania institution of higher education and training


Tasmanian Times: Launched! Wanted ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

This is a fascinating work for which Buck and Joan Emberg deserve the highest commendation ... First the context ...


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Maldon Folk Festival: Maldon Folk Festival - An Introduction "IndyWatch Feed Vic"

Maldon Folk Festival is an annual family-friendly folk festival in Maldon, Victoria (near Bendigo) - a long weekend of quality family entertainment to suit all age groups and tastes. The festival hosts an abundance of music, dance and theatre, such as Folk Irish Ceilidh bush gospel and blues music, dance, musical theatre, poetry, interactive workshops, song-writing competitions, and are complemented by various activities around the Maldon township. COME ALONG TO THE 2009 FESTIVAL. Visit the website below for more details or to book. maldonfolkfestival DOT com Maldon Folk Festival on MySpace: myspace DOT com/maldonfolkfestival Video produced by GoldfieldStories


"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Wild BNE: Suburb Guide: Keperra "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Chequered swallowtails are often found resting in long grass.

Featured areas: (1) Suburban Keperra, (2) Grovely Sports Ground,
(3) Kindlinen Place, (4) Keperra Bushland Reserve, and (5) Dash Street Park.
Image courtesy of Google Maps.
Located just 9km outside of the Brisbane CBD, Keperra is a busy suburb that has been fortunate enough to retain a decent amount of bushland. The reason behind this lies in the suburb's topography, as much of its southern region lies atop a sharply-rising escarpment. Alongside Kedron Brook, which forms the northern border of the suburb, the gentler inclines have allowed more development to occur. Once used as a military camp, the area underwent a ho...

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Thursday, 03 March


Dr Kevin Bonham: Senate Reform: JSCEM Submission Take Two "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

I'm posting links here to my submissions to the warp-speed JSCEM inquiry into the Commonwealth Electoral Amendments Bill (see Senate Reform: It's Finally On! for more comments).  They are also available as a single document on the JSCEM page.

Main submission
Simulation - Half-Senate Elections
Simulation - Double Dissolutions (See correction further down to Vic 2007 double-dissolution simulation)

After spending a lot of time looking at the Bill over the past week my view remains that it is a massive improvement on the broken Senate voting system we currently have.  However it appears to have significant flaws in the treatment of below-the-line votes and these should be either justified or remedied.

What has become apparent in the brief time available for debate about the current Bill is that by encouraging voters to fill more squares above the line (a minimum of six instead of a minimum of one) the Bill makes deciding what to do with below-the-line votes more difficult than in the original JSCEM model.  The original JSCEM model allowed a voter to just vote 1 above the line, or to direct preferences above the line, and it was very safe to conclude (based on the Victorian model) that the rate of below-the-line voting in that system (with a minimum of six boxes) would have been low.

However, because the new model will ask voters to fill in six squares above the line, if the voter is only asked to fill in six squares below the...


Central Queensland Plane Spotting: Quest Kodiak 100 Turbo-prop N150KQ Calls into Rockhampton Airport Wednesday "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

After visiting Hamilton Island Airport earlier in the week, the visiting US-registered Quest Kodiak 100 turboprop N150KQ has this time called into Rockhampton Airport on Wednesday 2 March while on a flight from Townsville to Archerfield.

Local plane spotter 'IAD' found a break in the rain...


"IndyWatch Feed": Bondville: Luxurious velvet bed heads, ottomans and sofas for kids from Incy Interiors "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The Milan furniture fair (Salone del Mobile Milano)  last year was full of  timeless lush velvet in jewel tones on sofas and textiles, so you know this is going to be huge for years to come. Get the look this season with Incy Interiors' brand new velvet range of bed heads, ottomans and kids' sofas in indigo, teal and soft sorbet pink for the little ones. And how great is this styling - oh the drama...

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"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Zedlines: Coffee companies admit slave labour could be in production line and more 11AM Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Nestle and Jacob Douwe Egberts hold almost 40% of the global coffee market, and have admitted slave labour may be involved in their plantations. (Source: Freestock photos)

Barrett inquiry told centre "badly handled" closure

A leading Australian adolescent psychiatrist has found the closure of Brisbane’s Barrett Adolescent Centre was incorrectly handled.

Professor Patrick McGorry has told an inquiry the closing of any mental health facility, without adequate transitional support, is an issue that has plagued mental health reform on a global scale.


"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Zedlines: Australia's female workers still face "stubborn" pay gap and more 10AM Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

A new study shows that while full-time female employees earn less than male counterparts, measures can be taken to narrow the gap. (Source: Flikr)

Brisbane public transport a key election issue

Public transport is becoming a key issue for the upcoming Brisbane City Council elections.

A local survey in consultation with six public transport stakeholders has shown a cross-river rail system and altered CBD bus routes could potentially ease peak-hour congestion and faltering standards.


"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Zedlines: Federal sources say negative gearing reform could be completely scrapped and more 9AM Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Mounting pressure from LNP backbenchers may see negative gearing policy reform completely dropped from government agenda. (Source: Flikr)

Alleged one-punch partner attempts second bail application

One of the two young men accused of the alleged one-punch death of Brisbane teenager Cole Miller claims he is not a violent person, as he seeks a second-chance at bail.


"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Zedlines: Supporters push for Tivoli heritage listing and more 8AM Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

With historic music venue the Tivoli back on the market again, local supporters and The Greens are petitioning the government to give the building heritage status. (Source: Pixabay)

Tivoli at tipping point: save or sell?

Local music venue the Tivoli is back on the market again, with music fans now calling on the State Government to intervene.

With a reported asking price of more than $10 million, current owner and seller John O'Rourke says he hopes a new owner-operator will continue with what his family has done.


"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Westender – West End 4101: A WELCOME ADDITION TO THE SENATE "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

The Westender wishes to add its voice to the chorus of congratulation engendered by the announcement that indigenous elder Patrick Dodson is to replace retiring WA ALP Senator Joe Bullock. Here’s just one media release, received from the Balaku Development Corporation in far North Queensland. Pat Dodson’s nomination by Opposition Leader Bill Shorten as a […]

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"IndyWatch Feed Seq": Westender – West End 4101: The Vinyl Revival revs up. "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

New contributor Angus Coleman looks at what’s driving the revival of vinyl and what does it means for your iPod? The so-called “vinyl revival” is at no risk of slowing down, with the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) releasing its annual figures for 2014 recently showing that vinyl record album sales are up 127% in the […]

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Tasmanian Times: NATION: Turnbull goes the full Tony ... NBN ... "IndyWatch Feed Tas"

Parliament resumes Monday with an oddly familiar negativity and intellectual vacuity, a little madness in the air. Are we back to the chaos of Abbott’s “good government”? … Is it Australian Christian Lobby stooge, Gorgeous George Christensen reading aloud advice on “penis tucking”? No, Tuesday’s party room meeting is reserved for that . Morally aroused George claims he clicked on a Safe Schools link to a link to a link on another website which linked to an “adult services” site. Proof positive that safe schools groom schoolkids for paedophiles. The Queensland MP’s shock tactic gets the PM to review the program. Assisting Gorgeous George on the lunatic right are Senator Cory Bernardi, Tasmanian Senator Eric Abetz, Tasmanian MP Andrew Nikolic, Western Australian MP Andrew Hastie and Queensland Senator Jo Lindgren who worry, they say, Safe Schools could hide funding for “minorities”. … • SMH: Terror threat makes civil liberties debate ‘redundant’, Liberal MP Andrew Nikolic says • Mike Bolan in Comments: Urbo is one of the few commentators that details the gibbering unreason of our political classes, particularly of the federal government. It is clear that many (all?) of the right wingers have no empathy for anyone, are narcissists and are comfortable with treating fellow humans appallingly - that is they are psychopaths. How psychopaths, lacking the ability to relate to other humans, can get away with ‘representing’ real humans is a mystery … • Mark Kenny, Fairfax: Turnbull government poll plunge: voters drift away in disappointment … It is hardly a surprise that last week’s Fairfax-Ipsos poll, which showed the government’s lead over Labor narrowing to just four points 52/48, sent fear rippling through the government backbench. Now that fear has deepened. A very poor week - another one - marked by a directionless performance from Treasurer Scott Morrison and a glaring absence of policy urgency from the not-so-new manag...

Wednesday, 02 March


"IndyWatch Feed Capricornia": Dick Smith, Bob Katter, Ian McNamara start vege garden on Mornington Island "IndyWatch Feed Qld"

Katters want to stop the diabetes epidemic among indigenous communities

Mornington Island Mayor Bradley Wilson, CEO Frank Mills, Dick Smith, Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter, Ian ‘Macca’ McNamara from the ABC and State Member for Mount Isa Rob Katter at the opening today (photo credit Brad Thompson)

02 March 2016: Federal Member for Kennedy Bob Katter today joined Great Australian and Entrepreneur Dick Smith and ABC radio personality Ian ‘Macca’ McNamara to open a market garden for First Australians on Mornington Island in the Gulf of Carpentaria located in Mr Katter’s electorate of Kennedy.

Mr Katter has long championed community market gardens as a simple way to improve the health standards of First Australians by providing cheap locally grown fresh produce to tackle the diabetes epidemic.

Yet he said today that it took a private donation from Mr Smith as well as the will of the local Mornington Island Council to achieve what successive Governments had failed to do.

“We deeply appreciate Dick helping out here because with Dick comes national attention,” Mr Katter said.

“Our nation has to be measured on how we treat our poorest people and this is one of the most important things that needs to be done.

“I recently asked all of the Shire Councillors in a First Australian community how diabetes was affecting them – sadly every single one of them had a close relative dying of diabetes.

“The problem was simply not there 25 years ago, but it is now, and something has to be done about it.”

The majority of grocery shops in First Australian communities in Queensland are State Government run operations. While t.......

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